What is hacking?
Hacking occurs when third parties attempt to obtain access to a computer network, computer, secured component (e.g. chip card), or blocked data by circumventing security precautions. This is done by exploiting general flaws in software security, phishing, viruses, or Trojans – but also by guessing passwords. Hackers often have criminal intentions. This may include data theft or the establishment of a botnet.
Who is affected?
It can happen to anyone. There are known cases involving private individuals, companies of every size, and Government agencies.
How can I protect myself?
You can protect yourself against attacks by regularly updating your operating system and all installed programs, optimally through their built-in automatic update features. Use an anti-virus software program and firewall and make sure it is running every time you go on the Internet. There are constantly new viruses and Trojans in circulation. We therefore recommend you update your definition files on a regular basis. If possible, do this on a daily basis or after receiving an automatic notification from the manufacturer of your anti-virus software.
With surf protect, MTV also offers a security option that will check websites a customer visited while surfing the Internet directly in the Sunrise network for threats, and prevent their spread. Surf protect is easy to use, always up-to-date, and doesn't require any software installation.